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  1. I have been struggling slightly with modelling mojo - due mainly to workloads and family commitments. I am determined to get building again and complete my first GB for 2024. My chosen kit is the Airfix 1/72 Mig-17F from: I pulled this out of the stash last night. Who knows I may even do the Skyhawk as well (I will obviously do another thread if I do). I seem to recall some issues with this kit shape wise but it looks fairly Mig like to me... I thought I had some other decals for this but now can't find them and the Xtradecal set I wanted appears to be out of stock. Ideally I would do a middle east based plane (fits with one of my collection themes) but the North Korean scheme shown above will do just fine 😉 A bit of history from Wikipedia... The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 (NATO reporting name: Fresco) is a high-subsonic fighter aircraft produced in the Soviet Union from 1952 and was operated by air forces internationally. The MiG-17 was license-built in China as the Shenyang J-5 and Poland as the PZL-Mielec Lim-6. The MiG-17 is still being used by the North Korean air force in the present day and has seen combat in the Middle East and Asia. The MiG-17 was an advanced modification of the MiG-15 aircraft produced by the Soviet Union during the Korean War. Production of the MiG-17 was too late for use in that conflict and was first used in the Second Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1958. While the MiG-17 was designed to shoot down slower American bombers, it showed surprising success when used by North Vietnamese pilots to combat American fighters and fighter-bombers during the Vietnam War, nearly a decade after its initial design. This was due to the MiG-17 being more agile and manoeuvrable than the American F-4 Phantom and F-105 Thunderchief, which were focused on speed and long range combat, as well as the fact that MiG-17 was armed with a gun, which initial models of the F-4 Phantom lacked. The obligatory sprue shot: As always all comments welcome. Dave
  2. AMMO by Mig is to release new tool 1/48th Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17F "Fresco-C" kits. Kinetic team being quoted as the subcontractor for this kit design and production. Source: https://www.facebook.com/MigJimenez/posts/pfbid08Ri6oaP3bZ4yWnFjFyKY5T2P5jm1JX3QgBDB9gEgqFLcxCgoiiANB6hjhSKiS3srl?locale=fr_FR V.P.
  3. AZmodel is to re-release its Fresco's kits with new decals. - ref. AZM7554 - Mikoyan MiG-17F Sources: http://www.1999.co.jp/eng/10428767 https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/AZM73030 V.P.
  4. Airfix is to release in November 2019 a new tool 1/72nd Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F "Fresco-C" kit - ref. A03091 Source: https://www.airfix.com/uk-en/shop/new-for-2019/mikoyan-gurevich-mig-17-fresco.html V.P.
  5. In 2002 Kovozávody Prostějov (KP) is to re-release the Směr (link & link) 1/48th Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 "Fresco" early versions kit. Upgraded ? Source: https://www.modelarovo.cz/kp-kovozavody-prostejov-azmodel-2022/ Box art V.P.
  6. Hi all Print Scale do attractive decals for Mig-17 without mentioning the exact variant they are destined for. https://www.hannants.co.uk/product/PSL72008 Please any recommendations for a Mig-17 kit in 1/72 scale? In particular the Egyptian version? Are there any pics on the internet that will assist? Thanks in anticipation. M.M.
  7. Hello all, first time posting a completed piece on here so be gentle! Got this lovely little MiG-17 as part of the mystery box. I bought a proper light box on Amazon so decided to try it out with my first completed model. Overall the kit went together pretty well. It was rather simple, although there was considerable effort needed in getting the nose nice and flush, particularly on the underside with a good amount of filing and filling needed. I had a huge amount of grief with Alclad metallics on a 1/48 Lightning and was reluctant to try them out again. On the MiG however, they went on really well and have given me a bit more faith in the Alclad range. I decided to keep it simple with the decals, just the typical Soviet markings as the more technical ones are just either too small or too faint to be worth it. Thanks all Joe
  8. Hi, here's a build I finished a month or so back, Hobby Boss kit, Pavla seat, El Presidente decals for a Ugandan AF machine. Unfortunately I didn't put anywhere near enough nose weight in.....Hope it's of interest 20210829_170940 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210829_172642 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210829_173318 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210829_173324 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210829_173340 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210829_173410 by bryn robinson, on Flickr 20210829_173452 by bryn robinson, on Flickr
  9. Mozambique Air Force "MiG 21" Story goes Lt Adriano Bomba, a Portuguese speaking MiG pilot, was recruited to defect a MiG-21 to South Africa. What might have been a case of error in translation - on Wednesday, 8th of July 1981 it was not a MiG-21 that entered South African airspace but a MiG-17 with registration number "21". Lt Bomba was intercepted and escorted by two SAAF Mirage F1AZ's to a local air base where the "21" made a succesfull landing. SAAF did not really have a reason to evaluate MiG-17 but was test flown few times anyway before returned to Mozambique. Thanks again @Avgas for bringing this story to my attention, it's interesting stuff and certainly made the build even more interesting And it's just not a story, a MiG-17 "Fresco-A" registration number "21" did defect to South Africa 8th of July 1981 and was flown by Lt Adriano Bomba - but of course the other details are debatable. There are quite a few pics to be found from the internet about this plane and also - what appears to be - somekind of TV news videoy which shows Lt Bomba in the cockpit of this plane and keeping a press conference. Kit: Airfix Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F 'Fresco' (Shenyang J-5) (A03091) Scale: 1/72 Paints: Vallejo Model Air, Vallejo Metal Colour Aftermarket: Berna & Print Scale decals, Eduard Brassin wheels, Eduard PE set, Master pitot tubes & guns Weathering: Oil paints, Tamiya weathering products, Ammo Mig weathering products, A lovely kit by Airfix, the best MiG-17 around in this scale. Second one I built, first one was OOB, this with some aftermarket stuff. The intake ring can give you some trouble but other than that it should be quite hassle free build. This Airfix kit offers the MiG-17F "Fresco-C" while the subject was MiG-17 "Fresco-A". Biggest difference is the tail shape around the exhaust and the shape and size of the air brakes. So this part of the build was scratch built/altered. Also added few of the antennas that were missing, mainly the T-shaped antennas under the wings and small (what must be a) aux pitot tube on the right side of the nose. Also added nose wheel down indictator rod on the left side of the nose as the main wheel indicators were already included on the wings. Also some panel line/detail changes such as moving the signal flare launchers from the tail to the rear of the fuselage. (Thank you @RidgeRunner for mentioning few of the details that needed to be changed, I hope I remembered them all ) It was quite PE heavy build with the air brakes (which had to be cut open), wheel well covers (which ended up looking real good) and cockpit details. Berna decals were pretty thick and awful but offered better details (mainly on the insgnia) than Print Scale so they were used instead. "21" is from the Print Scale sheet. You can see more of the actual build process here:
  10. Mosambique Deserter This is the kit, there's couple of these flying around in this GB so should be quite familiar already Here's few shots of the box contents anyway. Aftermarket stuff. Wheels and nose landing gear strut is a good upgrade for this kit. PE not necessarily but I felt like tinkering a bit more after building one of these OOB already. Masks, because why not. This is my subject, Mosambique MiG-17 "Fresco-A". And as the Airfix kit is MiG-17F "Fresco-C" we need to do some backdating. @RidgeRunner is showing is how to do it in his West African Aggressor build (here) - I thought I'd try to approach it by modifying the existing kit. If it goes well, fine. If not, I'll just follow up on RidgeRunner's build even more closely and get another kit Main differences are the airbrakes and the exhaust - but we will have to keep our eyes open for small details and possible imperfections with the Airfix kit that needs changing, removing or adding. This specific plane apparently desterted to South Africa July 8th 1981. Despite the colour scheme suggested by the decal sheet - it seems it's all around light blue instead of a grey belly. Not entirely happy with the decals, the yellow details are not really visible on the insignia. Should look more like this: I'll have to see if I can enhance them a bit by painting or look for other options. And finally, couple reference pics:
  11. A placeholder for my future build in this GB for a MiG-17F "Fresco-C" of the Nigerian Air Force, as she would have appeared during the Biafran Conflict. She will be this aircraft but in the later adopted overall green colours: Credit: multiple sources show this well known shot. The kit I will use is, again, the Airfix 1/72 offering. The decals will be part Berna and part home-drawn and printed. Back soon! Martin
  12. Here we go then! Really, really wanted to do one of these for a long time now. This will be my first Russian jet, and ashamedly I’m going to finish it Vietnamese style. This is of course Airfix’s new tooled 1/72 offering and I’ll finish it out of the box using their scheme with some home made mods along the way. With sprues inspected and washed, let’s get on with the tub. Nice and straightforward construction. They’ve moulded belts this time which is new to me, well at least for Airfix. They’ll be ok for 1/72 for me, so no need to make them this time, particularly as the tub is tiny. I’ve looked at a few reference photos and painted accordingly. Used the decals which look really good and there’s a nice cavity for weight... here it is, cotton bud for scale. Next update, ejector pins and air intakes!! JB
  13. VPAF MiG's, Part 2: MiG-17PF 'Fresco-D' (AZ Model 1:72) MiG-17PF 'Fresco-D', '4721', pilot Lam Van Lich, 921st 'Sao Do' FR, 3. February 1966 'First Nightfighter Kill' MiG-17PF, the uglier (?) radar equipped brother of the legendary MiG-17F. Even with the limited qualities of the radar, it gave VPAF some night fighter capability. Directed to the target area by ground controller and turning the radar on at the last possible moment to surprise the enemy. This tactic was pioneered by Lam Van Lich who took of alone in the evening of february 3rd 1966 to intercept Skyraiders. At the target area he detected and fired upon two Skyraiders - and got credited the first VPAF night kills (US sources do not confirm these kills). Getting started with the VPAF builds, here is the second one: Back of the box. The stuff we're gonna use - contents of the box and some aftermarket enhancements (atleast I hope they are enhancements). Little bit of resin, which should make Rich happy. We'll see how we marry this to the plastic fuselage. Hoping that those white spots are just dust and not cracks. Detail is bit soft on some places but in general it's pretty decent for a smaller manufacturer. I think we can make a good looking MiG out of this. Aftermarket stuff were gonna use. Masks, metal guns & pitot and resin ejection seat. Here's the scheme and decals - more info about it at the top of this post. My other MiG's: VPAF MiG's, Part 1: MiG-17 'Fresco-A' (Zvezda 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 3: MiG-21PFL 'Fishbed-D' (Eduard 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 4: MiG-19S 'Farmer-C' (KP 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 5: MiG-21F-13 'Fishbed-C' (Modelsvit 1:72)
  14. VPAF MiG-17PF 'Fresco-D', '4721', pilot Lam Van Lich, 921st 'Sao Do' FR, 3. February 1966 'First Nightfighter Kill' MiG-17PF, the uglier (?) radar equipped brother of the legendary MiG-17F. Even with the limited qualities of the radar, it gave VPAF some night fighter capability. Directed to the target area by ground controller and turning the radar on at the last possible moment to surprise the enemy. This tactic was pioneered by Lam Van Lich who took of alone in the evening of february 3rd 1966 to intercept Skyraiders. At the target area he detected and fired upon two Skyraiders - and got credited the first VPAF night kills (US sources do not confirm these kills). Kit: AZ model MiG-17PF Pt. 2 (#AZ7340) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot tubes & guns, Eduard brassin wheels, Pavla seat Paints: Tamiya AS-12 spray can, Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Tamiya & MiG weathering products Bit of a challenging kit here and there and I'm not that happy with the overall tidyness (or lack of it) of my build. Built for Vietnam GB Build thread: All of my VPAF MiG-17 builds.
  15. Hi All! ZVEZDA (ex-Dragon) MIG in 1/72 My psychiatrist took a drink and left me alone. So I was able to do what I want for a while. Here is the result. Painted Gunze. Enjoy watching!
  16. Here is my Attack 1:144 Shenyang J-5 radar test-bed which I built back in 2014. It represents 2424, of the PLAAF, China, in late 1950s/early 1960s. This aircraft is now an exhibit iat the Changping Air Museum, Beijing. I couldn't find much about this prototype. It seems to have been a test-bed for the radar-equipped J-5A. A source claimed only one was modified this way but I found photos of a second one in another museum. Interestingly, the Russians had made the same configuration tests before settling in the result seen on the MiG-17PF variant. These Chinese tests were completely independent from Russian ones. This was a dual package of Attack together with the MiG-17PFU missile-equipped variant. It was the basic MiG-17F kit with a new resin nose. I ignored suggestions of adding the missiles and their pylons since I found no evidence of this prototype ever using them. The kit was built OOB and was fully painted and varnished with brush. Thanks for looking Miguel
  17. VPAF MiG's, Part 1: MiG-17 'Fresco-A' (Zvezda 1:72) Shenyang J-5 (MiG-17 'Fresco-A'), '2310', pilot Pham Ngoc Lan, 921st 'Sao Do' FR, Noi Bai, 3. April 1965 'First Kill' This early Shenyang J-5 (license built MiG-17 'Fresco-A' by the chinese), number 2310, was flown by Pham Ngoc Lan on the 3rd of April 1965 when the first recorded VPAF kill was achieved. This happened over Thanh Hoa province and Pham Ngoc Lan claimed to shot down a F-8E of VF-211 flown by Lt Cdr Spence. But in fact, Crusader was only badly damaged in this incident and Spence made an emergency landing at Da Nang. The kit by Zvezda. Gotta love these sturdy top opening boxes. Here is what we get in the box, plus some extra. I'm not much of an expert when it comes to MiG's - but the easiest way to tell between 'Fresco-A' and 'Fresco-F' is the airbrake, different shape, size and the location of the 'bump' is different. I think other differences are the ejection seat but someone with more knowledge feel free to educate me Here is the aftermarket. I like the Master pitot's & gun barrels quite a lot, they're not too expensive and they add good looking details to the plane that is difficult to achieve with just plastic. Here is the scheme, we're going with kit decals. More info about the scheme on the top of this post. Altough info provided here might be more accurate, F-8E was not indeed shot down, it was shut down. My other MiG's: VPAF MiG's, Part 2: MiG-17PF 'Fresco-D' (AZ Model 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 3: MiG-21PFL 'Fishbed-D' (Eduard 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 4: MiG-19S 'Farmer-C' (KP 1:72) VPAF MiG's, Part 5: MiG-21F-13 'Fishbed-C' (Modelsvit 1:72)
  18. Shenyang J-5 (MiG-17 'Fresco-A'), '2310', pilot Pham Ngoc Lan, 921st 'Sao Do' FR, Noi Bai, 3. April 1965 'First Kill' This early Shenyang J-5 (license built MiG-17 'Fresco-A' by the chinese), number 2310, was flown by Pham Ngoc Lan on the 3rd of April 1965 when the first recorded VPAF kill was achieved. This happened over Thanh Hoa province and Pham Ngoc Lan claimed to shot down a F-8E of VF-211 flown by Lt Cdr Spence. But in fact, Crusader was only badly damaged in this incident and Spence made an emergency landing at Da Nang. - - - - - - Kit: Zvezda Soviet Fighter MiG-17 "Fresco" (#7318) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: Master pitot tubes & guns, Eduard brassin main wheels, Eduard PE Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color, Tamiya Lacquer Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig streaking effects Decent all-around good kit from Zvezda (originally from Dragon). I did enjoy the build, no big issues. Built for Vietnam GB Build thread: Airfix MiG-17F in the background David and Goliath.
  19. Goood moorniiing Viee.... Britmodeller! This is my latest build, literally finished just now: Shenyang J-5, Vietnam People's Air Force, 932 Fighter Reg. Red 3020 (Le Hai) | Tho Xuan August 1969 Kit: Airfix Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F 'Fresco' (Shenyang J-5) (#A03091) Scale: 1/72 Aftermarket: None (T-antennas were taken from Hobby Boss MiG-15UTI kit) Paints: Vallejo Model Color, Model Air & Metal Color, Tamiya Acrylics Weathering: Flory Models Wash, Mig weathering Products, Tamiya Panel Liners Really enjoyed this kit, mostly has good details - only thing that is obvious that is missing is the T-shaped antennas under the wings. But I was building Hobby Boss MiG-15UTI at the same time and luckily it has a set of two so I used the other set. Fit was great, only in the nose some extra care was needed. Painted with Vallejo Metal Color first (Semi Matte Aluminium) followed by Tamiya Clear Coat. Thin layer of Vallejo Chipping Medium applied to selected places, followed by thin layer of Vallejo 71.2289 US Dark Green. Camo spots painted with Tamiya XF-27 Black Green. Chipped the paint using small stiff brush, applied the decals & weathered lightly. And some comparison shots with F-105 Thunderchief: Hope you like it! Comments & constructive criticism welcomed
  20. At the time of isolation, I started offensive work on making models. I have made three models in the last five days. I present to you one of them. Enjoy.
  21. Mikoyan Gurevich MiG-17F 'Fresco' (Shenyang J5) A03091 1:72 Airfix Although outwardly similar to the MiG-15, the MiG-17 was in fact a heavily revised design that drew upon the lessons learned in the development of the USSR's first swept-wing fighter. While the forward fuselage, landing gear and engine were carried across from the MiG-15, the rear fuselage was longer and more tapered. The wing was entirely new as well, being both thinner and more sharply swept. This both raised the maximum speed of the aircraft and aided controllability at transonic speeds. Although it shared its armament with its predecessor, it also gained a radar gun sight, cribbed from a captured F-86. The MiG-17F was fitted with an afterburner, which significantly boosted the rate of climb and meant supersonic speed was just about possible in a shallow dive. The MiG-17 was built in huge numbers, with over 10,000 rolling off Soviet, Chinese and Polish production lines. It was used in combat by several nations, most notably in the Vietnam War where it was credited with 28 aerial victories. The MiG-17 hasn't been all that well represented by manufacturers of plastic kits over the years. Efforts from the likes of Hasegawa, KP and Dragon all have their problems and are all showing their age, while the otherwise rather good AZ Model kit is limited run and by all accounts the moulds are starting to show their age. Enter Airfix with an all-new tooling. Inside the box are three frames of grey parts, a small frame of clear parts, instructions and decals. The parts are nicely moulded but the panel lines are on the heavy side, which is always more noticeable on a small kit like this. From reading Airfix's workbench blog it's clear that this is a Lidar-scanned model, so the dimensions and general arrangement of shapes should be spot on. Despite this, there has been some debate about the accuracy of the kit on this and other forums. I have found our own KRK4m's analysis very helpful in that he confirmed the kit is very accurate in scale and general outline, but has an issue in terms of the leading edge of the wing (easy fix) and the aerofoil cross section (not an easy fix). Of course the stark reality is that these issues won't concern most modellers, so with that in mind, let's have a look at what is in the box. Construction starts with the cockpit, and like most kits of the MiG-15 or -17, the cockpit tub is made up of parts that also form the inner part of the intake fairing. Moulded detail is actually very nice. Not on a part with Eduard's MiG-15, but then the two models are not really comparable in terms of engineering and philosophy. Decals are provided to add extra detail to the instrument panel and sidewalls. I'm not sure what happened to the ejection seat, but Airfix appear to have carried this across from the MiG-15 rather than replicating the seat commonly fitted to the MiG-17. Should this trouble you greatly, aftermarket alternatives are available. Once the cockpit sub-assembly is complete, the engine exhaust and afterburner can be assembled. Because the external faces of the jet exhaust also double up as the insides of the air brake assembly, there are alternative parts with and without moulded detail for this area - a really nice touch from Airfix. Once both of these parts are assembled, the fuselage can be joined. A clear part which represents the radio compass cover must also be fitted at this stage. Once the fuselage halves have been joined, the front-lower part of the fuselage, which includes the muzzle detail for the cannons, can be fitted, along with the engine air intake fairing. The wings are next. If you wish to fit the optional drop tanks, you will need to drill the pre-marked holes in the lower wing surface at this stage. The wings are pretty simple to build, with the wing fences moulded in place. The kink in the wing leading edge is present and correct, but you may wish to re-profile the leading edge if the apparent lack of sharpness troubles you. Personally I can easily live with this on an aircraft so small. With the wings in place, the tail planes can be assembled. The landing gear is nicely detailed and there are some nice touches such as detail moulded on the inside of the gear doors. As mentioned above, the air brakes can be fitted in open or closed positions, although you'll need to have committed to one option or the other earlier in the build process. The canopy is nicely made and has the periscope moulded in place. There is even an oil drum included to prevent the model from sitting on its tail if you didn't manage to cram in the necessary 20 grams of weight. Two options are provided on the decal sheet: ⦁ MiG-17F 3020, flown by Le Hai, 932nd Fighter Regiment, Vietnam People's Air Force, Tho Xuan, August 1969. This aircraft is finished in a disruptive two-tone green scheme; and ⦁ MiG-17F 'Blue 51', Nauchno-Issledovatel'skiy Institut Voyenno-Vozdooshnykh Seel (NII VVS – air force scientific research institute, USSR, 1970s. This airaft is finished in overall silver. The decals themselves look thin and glossy and a full set of stencils are included. Conclusion Although this kit isn't perfect, by my reckoning it is still just about the best MiG-17 available in the scale. It's a shame that the kit has some niggling issues, but I'm going to stick my neck our and say that they shouldn't detract from the fact that the kit is accurate in size and outline and should be a fun, straightforward build. I'm certainly looking forward to building mine. Review sample courtesy of
  22. Like the MiG-15 in 2018 (link), Zvezda is to rebox in 2019 the old Dragon Models 1/72nd Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17 "Fresco" kit - ref.7318 Source: Zvezda catalog 2019 Original Dragon box - ref.2512 - link V.P.
  23. I have been working on this kit for a few months now despite it starting off as a 'quick build'. I would like to strip it all back and rescribe then repaint but I have too many other kits to build and this was not a serious kit, just a fun one.
  24. (just information for all fans of unusual projects...& Soviet aircraft 😉😎 ) Hydroplane MiG-17....now you see all! 😎😁 No, it's not a combat plane, only testbed for hydroski projected big naval supersonic Soviet "America-bomber". It didn’t get to the real plane, so you see only the model photo ... but this model is scary beautiful! 😲 I do not know, what is more in it - terrible or beautiful! 😁😁 Therefore, someone must make a good, accurate, high-quality MiG-17 in 72nd scale😭 ....so that someone would make such a this conversion detail set to him!😉😁 Resource photos: https://afirsov.livejournal.com/402533.html#comments B.R. Serge
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